According to recent data, roughly one in six South Carolinians has no health insurance. That's about 750,000 people. In Spartanburg County, uninsured adults account for more than 35,000 of that statewide figure.
That's a problem for all South Carolinians. People without health insurance are more likely to delay necessary medical care until it becomes an emergency. Rather than accessing preventive care and routine visits to a family physician, uninsured people are forced to use emergency rooms as their primary source of care.
What happens then?
In 2007, South Carolina hospitals provided $1.3 billion in services for which they were not paid. Businesses that provide insurance to employees are paying increasingly higher premiums to underwrite the cost of care to the uninsured. Meanwhile, South Carolina now ranks 48th in the nation in health status, affecting quality of life and economic competitiveness.
Enter AccessHealth Spartanburg, a groundbreaking initiative that began in 2010 and has since has opened doors for thousands of people in need of quality and timely health care. Designed to be a link between uninsured people and local health professionals, AccessHealth Spartanburg guides eligible clients to a network of physicians who have donated their time for the betterment of the community. Additionally, AccessHealth Spartanburg navigates clients to a healthier lifestyle by addressing social barriers they may face.
Thanks to funding from The Duke Endowment and support from many other partners, AccessHealth Spartanburg is improving community health and the lives of thousands of people.
To improve access to health care for the uninsured of Spartanburg County through sustainable health system change that will result in better health outcomes and 100% access to effective, efficient, safe, timely, patient-centered, and equitable healthcare.
To spark sustainable health system change that results in better health outcomes and 100% access to effective, efficient, safe, timely, patient-centered, and equitable health care throughout the region.